We worshipped twice today. The church building in which we’ve been worshipping for the past month houses two faith communities, a pretty typical (though very liberal) white PC(USA) congregation with whom we’ve been affiliated since our first weekend here and a self-described “Afrocentric” PC(USA) congregation, largely composed of African American folks and worshipping in a more pentecostal or charismatic style. Kev and I thought that we’d like to try to worship with them at least once a month and this was our first week of joining in their fellowship. Kev thinks he might want to worship twice nearly every Sunday from now on. I think, possibly, this could work.
We were extremely warmly welcomed and we were moved by the hour of worship. It was distinctly identifiably Presbyterian, but also very much an authentic “black church” experience. There were some fascinating juxtapositions between the two services. The second service was off lectionary so there weren’t lectionary resonances, but… other… surely synchronistic resonances. The service was two hours long so, all in all, we were at church for three and a half hours… we’re used to spending at least that much time at church on Sundays, though not used to getting to actually just worship for most of that time.
After church we took a drive to get some more pre-natal vitamins for me and then returned where I actually napped. And this after a good nine hours of sleep last night. I was in bed for about two and a half hours.
I then spent the evening trying to bring some order to my office which became disordered in an effort at further unpacking yesterday, talking to fabulous seminary roommate (who is going to come for Thanksgiving and help us make sure we’re ready for baby and for Christmas!), and baking banana-date-oatmeal muffins for breakfast for this week (I added some pecans for a protein boost- I’m getting bold with my baking!). I just finished a yoga routine and will soon turn in.
Classes begin tomorrow. I’m glad I took time to rest this weekend. I’m grateful our Sundays are now ours.